Ex-CDU boss is running: Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to join the Bundestag

Ex-CDU boss is running
Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to go to the Bundestag

What does the political future look like for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer? If the former CDU chairman has its way, the federal level remains its political parquet. The defense minister wants to run for the Bundestag in the election in September – in a constituency that is not easy to win.

Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to run for the Bundestag in September. The former CDU leader confirmed to the "Saarbrücker Zeitung" that she wanted to apply for the direct mandate in the state capital Saarbrücken. In the 2017 federal election, the SPD politician Josephine Ortleb won the constituency.

Kramp-Karrenbauer last held a parliamentary mandate 23 years ago. She moved into the Bundestag as a successor in 1998, but was then only a member for a few months: in September 1998 she lost her direct mandate to an SPD candidate in the Bundestag election.

Kramp-Karrenbauer then made a career in Saarland state politics – as a minister in several departments and then as prime minister. In 2018 she gave up her government office in Saarland and moved to Berlin as CDU Secretary General – without a mandate from the Bundestag.

According to information from the "Saarbrücker Zeitung", it can be assumed that Kramp-Karrenbauer will also run for a top spot on the CDU state list in Saarland in the September election. The top candidate in the 2017 election was today's Federal Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier.